Here are all the best chocolate dessert recipes to satisfy chocolate lovers, from brownies to fudgy chocolate cake!
Are you a chocolate lover? Or baking for one? Here at A Couple Cooks, we adore chocolate. Though most of our recipes are healthy whole food recipes (often plant based), there’s always room for a treat here and there. So, we’ve collected all the best ways to eat chocolate for dessert, outside of just grabbing a straight up chocolate bar.
Here are our favorite chocolate dessert recipes of all kinds. There’s our best chocolate cake with ganache glaze, a total stunner that is perfect for birthdays and special occasions. Then there are everyday desserts like cookies and brownies. You’ll notice many of them have a healthy spin using whole food ingredients, but the main priority is this: 100% chocolate-y deliciousness. Well, should we just get to the recipes?
This Chocolate Mug Cakerecipe comes out insanely fudgy and 100% delicious! It’s got a secret ingredient that makes a delightfully rich flavor. The hardest part? Waiting for it to cool until you can dig in. Here’s our tutorial: all you need to know about how to make a mug cake – and some variations for making it your own!
Get ready for the ultimate celebration dessert for a chocolate lover. Flourless chocolate cake! This decadently fudgy cake is meant for celebrations, like Valentine’s Day or birthdays. Rich and fudgy, dense and dark chocolaty, it’s a chocolate lover’s dream cake! Top it with this easy raspberry compote for a sweet tart pairing that cuts the sweetness of the cake perfectly.
This incredible, decadent dark chocolate cake is pure perfection, from the rich, moist chocolate cake to the light and fluffy buttercream filling. Oh, and did we mention a dark chocolate ganache glaze? You’re going to want to stop what you’re doing and run to the kitchen to make this: NOW! This incredible cake is dark chocolatey, just sweet enough, totally plant based (so it works for many diets). It's perfect for birthdays or other special occasions.
Here is the best chocolate cookie recipe we’ve had….hands down. It tastes like it’s from a professional bakery. This flavor features a triple threat of chocolate: chocolate dough with milk chocolate and dark chocolate chunks. Topped with flaky sea salt, they’re pretty darn insane.
Here’s a favorite chocolate dessert recipe that’s simple, healthy, and ultra delicious: chocolate covered bananas! Now, this concept it not new or revolutionary: but it's perfect for a sweet treat craving! The crunch of a crisp dark chocolate coating around an icy banana makes magic. Store this healthy treat in the freezer anytime a chocolate craving hits.
Next up in our chocolate dessert recipes: chocolate peanut butter cups! Because who can resist that classic pairing of peanut butter and chocolate? These are the very best that you'll make at home. They’ve got a satisfying crunch, just the right amount of lightly sweet peanut butter filling, and a few flakes of sea salt on top for a salty flair. WOWZA!
Here's another supremely delicious chocolate cake recipe: this time gluten free! It’s an inventive way to eat real, whole foods in dessert form. The magic ingredients are almond butter and shredded zucchini! Almond butter brings protein-packed texture instead of butter, and the zucchini brings in moisture and lightness. It's got gooey dark chocolate chips for maximum chocolatey goodness, too.
What's a better chocolate dessert recipe than cookie dough? Not sure about you, we'd always pick dough over a baked cookie 100% of the time. This cookie dough is perfectly safe to eat with a few tricks. Make the standard dough which has various diet options, or try our popular Chickpea Cookie Dough, an option that's a tad healthier without sacrificing on flavor.
Another natural pairing with chocolate: cherries! This chocolate cherry dessert bites recipe is rich and chocolate-y but uses natural sweetener and just a few whole food ingredients! The crust is made of crumbles of almonds, oats, cocoa powder, coconut oil and maple syrup, And the creamy chocolate mousse topping is just three ingredients: coconut oil, maple syrup and cocoa powder. Topped with delicious sweet cherries, each one is a little bite of heaven.
This chocolate chip cookie cake recipe features another great chocolate pairing: chocolate and orange! It's filled with dark chocolate chunks and a hint of orange zest that make it seriously irresistible. And the texture is perfectly soft and chewy. Take it from reader Erin, who told us, “This cookie cake was SO GOOD. The orange zest was perfect!"
Here's a classic chocolate dessert recipe: brownie pie! This one is fudgy and decadent. The best part is the tahini maple sauce! It’s super simple to whip up: just mix together tahini, maple, espresso powder, and salt and it comes together into a gooey, salty sweet drizzle. It’s the absolute perfect finish for the decadent brownie pie.
Bliss bites are by far our most popular chocolate dessert recipes! They’re basically a homemade peanut butter cup combined with a no bake cookie, and people all over the world make and love them! Made with maple syrup, coconut oil, and oats, they’re naturally sweet, vegan, and gluten-free.
Keep them in the freezer or refrigerator and nibble all week long. When we served them to guests as a sweet treat at the end of a meal, our guest pronounced they were “literally heaven”.
What's a list of chocolate desserts without ice cream? This homemade chocolate ice cream is impossibly creamy but at the same time plant based! The secret to this creamy non-dairy ice cream? Full-fat coconut milk and a little cornstarch to thicken the mixture, along with cocoa powder and sweetener. And the flavor? Salty, dark chocolatey, and delicious.
Last but not least in our chocolate dessert recipes: vegan brownies! These brownies are insanely fudgy and at the same time filled with nutrient dense whole foods! They’ve got almond butter and applesauce to make them extra gooey, then they’re topped with chopped almonds and chocolate chips! After they’re baked, pop them in the refrigerator to get them extra chewy. Take it from one of our readers: “I’m somewhat of a brownie snob. These are better than any brownie recipe I’ve tried. Simply delicious!”
2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips (non-dairy as desired)
Mix: In a 12 ounce* microwave-safe mug, mix the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir in the milk and oil. Add the chocolate chips and stir once.
Microwave: Place a paper towel under the mug in the microwave, then cook on High 60 seconds. Check for doneness: if it’s still gooey and wet on top, microwave another 20 seconds, then another 10 seconds. It done when the top looks cooked and springs back when you touch it (it will still appear moist but will be springy). The exact timing depends on the microwave: ours works well with 60 seconds, then another 30 seconds.
Cool: Important: wait for 2 to 3 minutes for the cake to cool down from piping hot to warm. Don’t taste right away: it doesn’t taste right. But cooling a few minutes does the trick! Top with whipped cream or ice cream and serve warm.
*It also works in an 8 ounce mug (shown in the photos), but it may spill a bit over the sides (hence the paper towel)
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Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.